James “Bud” Bottoms Sculptor


Jeff Machamer School of Art, Santa Monica, CA 1947-1948

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 1948-1952

Professional Experience

Art Director, Robert Palmer Corporation, Santa Barbara, CA 1952-1957

Art Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, 1957-1959

Art Director GE TEMPO (General Electric Center For Advanced Studies), Santa Barbara, CA, 1959-1975

Professional Sculptor, 1977 to present

Public Art Commissions

Santa Barbara Friendship Fountain, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 1985

Joy Fountain, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Los Angeles, CA 1986

Dancing Dolphins Fountain, the waterfront, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 1987

Dolphin Friendship Fountain, the harbor front, Toba City, Japan 1989

Whale Tail Bench/ Rocking Dolphin Benches, La Arcada Court, Santa Barbara, CA 1990

Sea Lion and Dolphin Bench, Channel Islands National Park Center, Ventura, CA 1991

Rotating Dolphins Monument, Wailea Office Complex, Oahu, Hawaii 1991

Hawksbill Turtle, Dolphin head, and Harbor Seal Pup Wall-façade Fountains, La Arcada Court, Santa Barbara, CA 1992

Harbor Seal Pup Fountain, City of Carpinteria, CA 1992

Whale Tail Bench, Michael Landon Park, Malibu, CA 1993

Life-size Channel Island Fox, Spotted Skunk Family, California Ground Squirrel Family, La Arcada Court on State St., Santa Barbara, CA 1994

Juvenile Dolphin Fountain, Cold Springs School, Montecito, CA 1995

Four-dolphin Fountain, Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey, CA 1995

Dolphin and child Fountain, General Electric Plant, Kariwa, Japan, 1996

Rainbow Riders Dolphin Fountain, Long Beach Aquarium, Long Beach, CA 1998

Dolphin Fountain, Harbor View Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA

Dolphin Bench, harbor front, Dingle Bay, Ireland, 2000

“Aspirations” dolphin fountain, California State University at Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA 2003

Dolphin Sundial, Pt. Hueneme Alaska Airlines Crash Memorial, Pt Hueneme, CA 2003

Lost-At-Sea Memorial Whale Tail Benches and Dolphin Torso, Breakwater, Santa Barbara 2005

Whale Tail Awards Sculptures, Annual Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Awards, National Marine Sanctuary 2007 to present

Dolphin Bench, public park, Palo Alto, CA 2007

Girl on Turtle, Wilcox Hospital Chemo Infusion Lab, Kauai 2009

Whale Tail Benches, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, 2011

Whalebone Park, Nag's Head, North Carolina, 2013

Sea Lion garden sculpture, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, Goleta, CA, August 2015

Life Size California Bear and cub, Garden Animals, Rocky Shoreline Animals sculptures; Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford, Palo Alto, CA, April 2017

Design Team References (partial list)

Garcia Architects
Gil Garcia
122 E. Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-8561
(Friendship Fountain in Santa Barbara, “Dancing Dolphins” Fountain in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Santa Barbara Harbor Maintenance Team
132A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(Lost At Sea Memorial)

California State University-Channel Islands
John Broome Family and University Team
President’s Office
1 University Dr., Camarillo, CA 93012
(“Aspirations” Sculpture)

Greg Bryant, Mechanical Engineer
2044 Beebe St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(818) 652-9157

Paul Lindhard
Owner, Art City
Ventura, CA
(805) 653-6380, 648-1690
(Lost At Sea Memorial in Santa Barbara)

Pahio Development
Marjorie Landagora, Executive Asst.
3970 Wyllie Rd.
Princeville, Kauai 96722
(808 826-8151
(Girl on Turtle, Wilcox Hospital in Kauai)

Awards and Acknowledgements (partial list)

President, Santa Barbara Beautiful

Co-Founder, Get Oil Out

Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow Medal

Santa Barbara Independent News, Local Hero Award

Santa Barbara Beautiful Community Beautification Award

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network, Hero’s Award

dolphin sculpture